Ashford Represents United States at 2010 World Expo
Publication Date: 6/3/2010
Charlotte Ashford ’10 is representing the United States this summer at the USA Pavilion during the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai, China.
Since 1851, the World Expositions have been grand international gatherings for economic, scientific, technological and cultural exchanges. This year’s theme is “Better City, Better Life,” and participants will exchange their experiences of urban development, disseminate advanced notions on cities and explore new approaches to human habitat, lifestyle and working conditions in the new century. The USA Pavilion showcases American business and technology, as well as culture and values, to foster stronger friendship between the American and Chinese peoples.
As part of her responsibilities, Ashford will lead tours in English and Mandarin through the USA Pavilion as well as receive and guide special guests around Shanghai and through the pavilion. To be selected for the position, she had to write three essays and submit transcripts and recommendation letters as well as undergo an extended, two-tier selection process.
Ashford, who recently graduated cum laude from Rhodes with B.A. in international studies, has studied abroad at the Fudan University in Shanghai developing oral Mandarin skills and being immersed in the culture. And art minor, Ashford also has been a fellow in Rhodes’ Center for Outreach in the Development of the Arts (CODA) helping to make the arts’ presence felt on campus and in the Memphis community.
The 2010 World Expo runs through October 31. Seventy million visitors are expected.